Teacher Training




The South Australian College of English (SACE Adelaide) has conducted University of Cambridge TESOL courses (CELTA) since 1992. The Tasmanian College of English (SACE Hobart) has been an approved Cambridge Teacher Training Centre since 1998 and has conducted CELTA courses from this date. The Whitsundays College of English (SACE Airlie Beach) is also an approved Cambridge Teacher Training Centre for CELTA courses.

The prestigious CambridgeESOL-CELTA was previously known as the Cambridge RSA CTEFLA. Four-week intensive full time courses are available throughout the year. Introduction courses to TESOL and Grammar Refresher courses are also run through our teacher training department. The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is administered through the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate and is moderated by assessors inducted by Cambridge University ensuring high standards worldwide.

The Cambridge CELTA is the best known TEFL / TESL / TEFOL / TESOL / ELT qualification of its kind in the world, and is often requested by employers nationally and internationally.


The CambridgeESOL-CELTA [Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is an international TEFL / TESL / TEFOL / TESOL / ELT training certificate course. Over 9,000 people a year participate in CELTA courses in approved centres in countries all over the world. All the successful participants receive a certificate from Cambridge University.

Originally called the RSA Certificate the programme changed name to RSA/Cambridge CTEFLA in 1985 and changed again in 1996 to RSA/Cambridge CELTA and in 2001 became the Cambridge CELTA. It is now known as the CambridgeESOL-CELTA. [Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages]


Due to the rigorous annual approval process and constant moderation of courses the CELTA is highly regarded worldwide; Cambridge University being well known throughout the world.

The CELTA is recognised by:

  • TEFL / TESL / TEFOL / TESOL / ELT (English language teaching) employers around the world
  • English Language Colleges in Australia,
  • many ministries of education
  • government bodies such as the British Council
  • TESOL, IATEFL, EA and other major professional organisations.

It is also well regarded by organisations such as JET, and Volunteers Abroad.


CELTA is given credit points for courses at a number of Australian universities.

South Australia   Tasmania   New South Wales
Flinders University   University of Tasmania   University of New South Wales
University of Adelaide       University of Wollongong
        University of Technology Sydney
Victoria   Australian Capital Territory   Western Australia
La Trobe University   University of Canberra   Curtin University of Technology


Selection of candidates is based on an application task and a pre-course interview. If applicants have been successful, they will receive an offer of a place in the mail.

Candidates are also required to complete a compulsory pre-course learning task and:

  • To be 20 years old by the commencement date of the course. (Candidates can be accepted over 18 at the centre’s discretion.)
  • To have a good standard of education – the minimum requirement is university entry. (Preference will be given to applicants with a degree.)
  • To undertake to attend all sessions of the course at the prescribed times. (UCLES regulations prohibit the awarding of certificates in cases of unsatisfactory attendance.)
  • Non-native speakers require an English Proficiency level of IELTS 8.

Please note: Fulfilling entry requirements does not automatically guarantee a place.



  • Every centre must undergo an annual inspection to be registered to run courses.
  • An outside assessor inducted and approved by Cambridge assesses every course run by a centre.
  • Courses provide expert instruction in methodology and language analysis by Cambridge approved trainers.
  • A minimum of 120 contact hours and an additional 80 hours for home study.
  • A minimum of 2 trainers per course and a maximum of 1 trainer per 6 candidates.
  • Candidates are involved in sixty hours of practice teaching which includes planning, implementation, observation of peers and experienced teachers, reflection on their teaching practice and feedback from trainers.
  • Six hours of individual observed and assessed practice teaching, conducted in classes with non-native speaking students, is included in every course.
  • A minimum of 6 hours observing experienced classroom teachers.
  • Training is provided based on the best of current teaching practice and constantly updated. The approach can be adapted to cater to the needs of students in a variety of contexts and can also be adapted for children and teenagers.
  • Only people who meet the performance criteria are issued a certificate.

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